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In this Oct. 22, 2010, image, Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson, left, claps during a runway dedication ceremony at Spaceport America in Upham, N.M. Branson has vowed to be one of the first passengers when Virgin Galactic begins commercial space tourism flights from the spaceport. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)

In this Oct. 22, 2010, image, Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson, left, claps during a runway dedication ceremony at Spaceport America in Upham, N.M. Branson has vowed to be one of the first passengers when Virgin Galactic begins commercial space tourism flights from the spaceport.

Spaceport America

British billionaire Richard Branson on Oct. 18, opened the world's first-ever commercial spaceport in the New Mexico desert, the new home for his company, Virgin Galactic. (Reuters)